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3/21/2007 01:01:00 AM
Style Archive Update: Tourney Edition
The stylish Jayhawks moved on to face Southern Illinois in the Sweet 16.
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It's been about a month since I last expanded the Style Archive, and so much has happened. Brent Petway shaved his head like a Michigan football helmet. Nike ran a questionable jersey experiment. Tyler Hansbrough was fitted for a mask. Most important, by being in Chicago on Sunday -- and lingering around the Kansas locker room, which was abuzz with talk about the diamond rims on Michael Jordan's Range Rover -- I was able to get the back-story on one of the Archive's previous entries: The shaved-in hair designs of Chicago-area products Julian Wright and Sherron Collins.
Wright, perhaps the season's best Q&A subject, was too mobbed by TV cameras to be bothered about barbers, but Collins took time out from throwing tape-balls at Mario Chalmers to answer. "Those designs are something we always used to do when we were little," he said, "so me and Ju thought it would be a real good way to bring back some Chicago flavor to Kansas."
Collins said he and Wright hit up Watson's Barber in Lawrence together "about every week and a half when it grows out," and usually let their go-to razor man, Marty, pick the designs. "They're just little graphics," Collins said. "Sometimes Marty just does them, or he draws them out for us on a piece of paper, and we go with it."
Both Collins and Wright were in need of fresh cuts. Let's hope we see something new on their domes in San Jose. While waiting for those games to begin -- and still laughing over the fact that KU's Brandon Rush actually said, "I saw [Jordan's] rims; I wanted to give him a good performance" -- we unveil 10 additions to the Archive:
(For the tourney-bandwagon readers unfamiliar with the Style Archive, this is its fifth expansion after opening on Dec. 4, 2006. It has grown to 44 exhibits, which can all be found here. Readers are encouraged to make archive nominations either in the blog comments or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
>> March 20 Exhibits <<
The Chicago Shave Julian Wright and Sherron Collins, Kansas Classification: Shaved-in hair designs Submitted by: Reader Dustin Fox Notes: It's good to now have the full scoop on the Wright/Collins barbershop work, and confirm that it was in fact "Chicago flavor." Collins also told me that his original Chicago barber went by the name of "Razor Red."
Dreadlock Duo Randal Falker and Jamaal Tatum, Southern Illinois Classification: Extra-long-dreads duo Spotted: While tearing up the Valley Notes: Falker, a Photoshop whiz and frontcourt menace, and Tatum, a clutch scorer, form the most hirsute 1-2 punch in college hoops. The Saluki is the Royal Dog of Egypt, and Falker actually appears Sphinx-like at times.
Plexiglass T Tyler Hansbrough, 6-9 forward, Soph., North Carolina Classification: Protective Face Mask Spotted: During the ACC/NCAA tournaments Notes: Psycho T went through two masks -- a god-awful one that crippled him during the ACC tourney, then a new one that he ditched vs. Michigan State -- after being clubbed by Duke's Gerald Henderson.
Nice 'Stache, Bro Jason Cain, 6-10 forward, Sr., Virginia Classification: Porn-style moustache Spotted: For about four seasons now ... Notes: The 2007 NCAA tournament was the farewell tour for the 'stache, which was such a phenomenon even back in 2004 that it inspired the creation of a UVA student group named The Assemblage of Cain.
Helmet Head Brent Petway, 6-8 forward, Sr., Michigan Classification: Winged-helmet shave Spotted: March 3 vs. Ohio State Notes: Brent isn't in the NCAAs, but the intricately-shaved Wolverine-helmet hair he sported on Senior Day at Michigan might be the single greatest style statement of the season. Air Georgia, the Tourney Blog salutes you.
The Classic Last-Name Tat Mike Nardi, 6-2 guard, Sr., Villanova Classification: Self-referential shoulder tattoo Spotted: Over Nardi's whole career ... Notes: Seeing UNLV's Wink Adams' "Wink" tattoo last weekend reminded me of Nardi's shoulder-ode to himself, which consists of a large "NARDI" somewhat crudely written over a basketball. It's beautiful.
Glitter City UNLV's Nike jerseys Classification: Numbers painted with silver glitter Spotted: On the road to St. Louis Notes: The Rebels are the only team -- to the best of my knowledge -- in college basketball with their numbers (on the front and back) displayed in glittery metallic paint. And really, why shouldn't they be?
The Rick Fox Curtis Terry, 6-5 G/F, Jr., UNLV Classification: Curly Locks Spotted: vs. Wisconsin in Round 2 Notes: Curtis is the little brother of Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason, and while he wears high, white socks like JT, he has apparently chosen to model his hair after the infamous recruiting host from Tech U.
Magic Shave Kammron Taylor, 6-2 G, Sr., Wisconsin Classification: Zig-zag curly-Q design Spotted: vs. UNLV in Round 2 Notes: Taylor, the Badgers' resident magician, usually sports a freshly shaved design in the front-left portion of his closely cropped hairdo. He also looks like a certain comedian, but that's so old by now.
Duct-Tape Shoulders Ohio State's new Nike jerseys Classification: Silver-ish shoulder flair Spotted: On the road to San Antonio Notes: The Buckeyes (along with Arizona, Syracuse and Florida) are participants in Nike's System of Dress experiment, which includes tighter tops, baggier shorts and, as far as I can tell, duct tape.
Memphis Mesa Andre Allen, 5-10 G, Jr., Memphis Classification: Mohawk-ish crop of hair Spotted: vs. Nevada in Round 2 Notes: Allen, who scored 10 points and dished out four assists in the win over the Wolf Pack, is sporting the edgiest shave by someone other than Brent Petway. It's like a mesa in the middle of his head.
Everyone talks about how Florida is part of Nike's new System of Dress uniform experiment (along with Ohio State, Arizona, and Syracuse). However, no one seems to have pointed out that Florida hasn't actually been wearing the new uniforms. The Gators wore them once (the loss to Tennessee in Pat Summit's cheerleading debut) and have yet to don them since. Perhaps the Gators feel the unis are jinxed, or maybe they simply think they're ugly. Am I the only one who has noticed or is curious about this?